Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

 O.K. this has to be my fave. We have Super Ninja up front and Hulk is picking his nose in the back. Classy I know!!

 Eric has to tell everyone that he is "HUK"
 Hope you all have a wonderful Halloween.
We are just hoping it won't get rained out. 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Bad Turned Good

Well, we did not have the best day yesterday (which certain friends can attest to, thanks for listening to me vent) It involved Eric not participating AT ALL in speech therapy. Seriously he wouldn't say one thing she asked him too. His SLP came out and kind of giggled and told me what had happened but at least reassured me that "he wasn't ugly about it he just wasn't feeling it today". Well, we pushed on and headed on over to see Troy for lunch and it started raining cats and dogs right as we got to the playground. Ummm..... O.K. at least we still get to break bread together. That's when Eric decided he was done with his CHOCOLATE MILK and let it fall to the floor in the van. Yep, I said chocolate milk. Well that at least mapped out what I would be doing ALL afternoon. Raise your hand if you love "little green clean machining" your carpet to within an inch of it's life..... really no hands hmmm. So I started on that and then came inside to put the boy's down for nap time and when I went back out I realized the lights were still on on the van and the battery was dead. See I just couldn't catch a break yesterday.  Anyway, my hubby came home, helped with the van and power washed all the plastic parts of the car seats while I washed the covers. Thanks babe!! But the fun wasn't over. Jacob topped the day off by waking up at 9:30 and throwing up more that I have ever seen come out of a child. 

Now I know you are all jealous of my luxurious life but no I won't share it's mine all mine. Because even though yesterday was quite undesirable this came out of it all today (plus smiling boy's who played and rode bikes all day):

Jacob's car seat cover had seen better days and I had some Transformer fabric left over so I made a pattern from his old cover and made this one. I quilted the Transformer fabric so it would be thicker and softer and then put nice thick black fabric on either side. I have NEVER had one of these "make-your-own-pattern" things come out right before so I was thrilled and Jakey loves it!! Woo Hoo. Yay for a better day. And can you stand it that the strap covers both have Bumblebee perfectly centered on each one. I didn't even plan that out. I think it was just pay back for the disaster that was yesterday. Have a good day. I know I did!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Trick or Treat

Well, I finished another quilt tonight. This one is a Halloween table runner quilt from Moda. I thought it was pretty fun. I think instead of putting it on the table I will hang it on the wall or maybe even the door. This was my first time at Prairie Points and I thought they turned out pretty cute on the top and bottom. Hmmmm what to do next??

Saturday, October 08, 2011


Just a little quilt to go on the table in place of our runner. My FMQ (free motion quilting) is improving. This quilt may not be my fave but it will be a nice change for the table!! This was also my first time using a "charm pack". 

Friday, October 07, 2011

Splish Splash..

O.K. I know they are mine so I am a little biased but those are some cute boy's. I am so glad that bath time still brings smiles this big. They have a blast in there with all their toy's and each other. 
I am almost done with my latest quilting project and can't wait to get a pic snapped so I can get it on here. Stay tuned!! I wasn't super happy with the fabric selection but now that it is in the machine quilting stage it is quickly becoming a keeper. I can't wait to have it on my table!!

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Mike's Farm....Finally

After over a year of hearing people going ga-ga for Mac n' Cheese at Mike's Farm we finally went today. Our good friend Kristen invited us and I packed up the boy's and went. We started off on the hayride out to the pumpkin patch to select the perfect pumpkin:
Look mom hay! That's why they call it a hayride my dear!!

So many pumpkins...

which one do I choose mom?

One you can carry bubba! Perfect choice!!

Another perfect choice!!

 On the ride back and WHAT..... do my eyes deceive that a picture of........of ME. Thanks Terri (A.K.A. Mamarazzi) for snapping one of the boy's and I with my camera!!

Next we were off to see the animals!!

 Hay fight over on "hay hill"

little boy on a big tractor.

 All the kiddos!!

 I think Eric is developing a case of tractor love!!

peek a boo

We had such a good time doing all the activities. Everyone was right, that is some YUMMY mac & cheese too. Hopefully next time Troy will be able to come along. We couldn't have asked for better weather or company!! Thanks Ladies!!

All Things New....

Well, here are some of the new things going on in the Sayler House. We got some new fish friends. They are pearl gouramis (the big orange and pearly ones). Please pay no mind to the blue gourmis that decided it would be funny to poo poo while I took the picture. Everyone's a comedian in this house apparently. 

 Eric found a new 3 year old way to eat a cupcake. Nice cream cheese goatee buddy!!

 My new project
I started a little table quilt with a pattern from Simplify. Here are a few sample blocks. I have it all laid out I just need to finish piecing it together.

Well, the quilt below isn't new but I pieced it together about a year ago and in my new spirit of finishing ALL of my projects (even finished a little Christmas wall hanging quilt I started 15 years ago and I'm not kidding) I posted it on here so I would maybe push myself to quilt it so I can post the finished project. I thought it was such a happy quilt. I have never used rick rack on a quilt and I really think it adds something. This is also the first time I have ever bought a quilt kit. They have them at a great price on Fat Quarter Shop right now if you have the urge to break out the sewing machine!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Faces I Love

I ran across these pics and realized I had never posted them and they are probably some of my favorites. 

Fayetteville, NC

 Seated and ready to jump

 Look guys there's someone back there. No really. . .

 Iron Mike
Troy, Eric, and Jacob

New Bern, NC

 Look, it's our backyard.......LOL
yeah right.


 racing through the garden

 O.K. the look on Eric's face here is AWESOME!!

I see you brother 

Off to the Palace 

 Sailing the "Sturdy Beggar"

The canoe formed from fire.

Out of all the wonderful activities they have at Tryon and the new History Center (which were awesome), Eric's favorite was riding the huge golf cart back to the parking lot. The man driving was an older retired Marine and when he stopped by our car to drop us off Eric started crying and saying "more, more, more". Well, he didn't get let down and he got to go for a big circle around the parking lot and he even sat in the front seat. I will NEVER forget the look on Eric's face when he came around the last corner. If there was ever a bigger smile in the world I never saw it. He redefined smiling from ear to ear!! Thanks to all the people at Tryon that made our visit so special!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Accountable Kids

Well, these are MY words of wisdom for the week... 

Our family has been using Accountable Kids for about 9 months now and I can't sing it's praise enough. I happened upon it while on a search for the perfect chore chart. Their instructional video mentions all the things I had been concerned about. I had 2 kids with serious "I want" issues and I was a tired momma trying to keep the house in order. I was left wondering where they got the feeling they were so entitled to EVERYTHING. They have always had to pick up their toy's every night but this added another element. It really made them realize how important they are as members of our family (and how to help momma not go insane). I am happy to report things have changed, and all for the good!! I have 2 happy helpers that have responsibilities they know they have to do everyday to earn their privileges. They also know exactly what they have to do to earn their own money to buy a special toy. One thing I never expected was for them to be SOOOOOOO excited about flipping their last chore cards for the day. I love the sound of, "NO MORE CARDS" (think of a kid yelling this really loud and then turn up the volume another 3 notches). It's just a little star sticker but it means so much to me and to them. Well, I could sing it's praises all day but try it out for yourself.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Words of Wisdom By Jacob...

"Mommy, this cinnamon sugar is falling off my raisin toast like, hair falls off a dog and feathers fall off a bird."

Hmmmm. O.K.
Good to know!!

I can already tell this is going to be an interesting day. The boy's will not leave each other alone and I have a lot to get done. Ready or not here I go. Off to the sofa for school and we'll take it one thing at a time from there. Have a good day!!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

I Got Mail

Thing #1
I got goodies in the mail today!! Woo Hoo!!
I have been checking out Camille Roskelley's book "Simplify, Quilts for the Modern Home" for awhile and it came in the mail today!! So many fun projects and so many beautiful ideas and thoughts. I can't wait to get quilting!! Also, if you are at all interested in quilting check her blog out as well. It is a great read and she has the most adorable little boy's!! This box also had "How to Train Your Dragon" in it. Jacob broke our first copy so I have 2 little happy campers again!!

Thing #2
My second package of goodies, courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop (if you haven't checked them out you are missing out people), had a few charm packs to finish up some projects and their notion of the month, Fons & Porter Quarter Inch Seam Markers, for marking perfect triangles. I have NEVER done a perfect triangle so this is a welcome tool!!

It really is the little things in life that thrill me!!
Happy Quilting!!


Well, if there is one thing I strive for it's a sense of order in our home. Let me tell you there are times when I have my moments of brilliance and then there are those times when I have epic failures. I realized this morning I had both of these things sitting not 4 feet from each other. Case in point:

Lego's organized to within an inch of their lives...

and the junk pile.

Now all the other toy's have a place (i.e. special basket, or bin) that they go in but this large bucket I guess has become our overflow or the "look mom I'm all done picking up" area. What to do, what to do?? O.K. I secretly know the answer is to down size the toy load but those colder months are coming up which means more indoor time. I WILL come up with a solution (see how i'm trying to convince even myself) and let you know how it pans out. I often think how much i would love a professional organizer to come and give our house a look. Would I get an A, B or an "oh lady, just light a match". I would like to think I'm some where in the A-, B+ area. Where do you fall? (And yes Kristy W. you are an A+++!! Lady you could organize a hurricane!! You have a gift!!)

Friday, September 23, 2011

My other love.....

O.K. so I totally LOVE a great deal. These sites have been my new loves:

Rue La La
This site features different things everyday at huge discounts from great brands. Another cool thing Rue La La does is have you pay shipping once and then it's free shipping on ALL your purchases for the next 30 days. Wooo Hooo!!

I was turned onto this by a friend (Thanks Sarah). It is a site that pays you money for shopping online. You get a $10.00 gift card just for signing up and then when you need to buy something online you enter their site, find the store you are going to shop at (they have hundreds of them Gap, Sears, Land's End, Barnes & Noble etc.) click on the store and they create a tracking ticket. Enter your site as usual and when you make a purchase Ebates credits your ebates account and mails you a check. I'm not kidding. I've gotten checks. How cool is that!!

Check them out and tell me what you think!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Why I LOVE to quilt

 I love that this.....

...can turn into this... 

..with A LOT of ironing and a good sewing machine.

The other bonus of this pillow project is that you don't really know what it's going to look like until you pull back all the edges to expose the fabric beneath. I am really pleased with the results. I think it will look great on the sofa for fall! Oh, and mom I hope you like it because I am sending it to you!!

BTW - The free pattern I used for this pillow came from:
It looks kind of intimidating but it really isn't. The instructions are so well written you will be able to tackle it. I know you can!!

P.S. I totally messed it up and had to re-iron the last step of ironing because I flipped it before i folded instead of leaving it the way it was and ironing up the corners. I guess I didn't read those great instructions all that well. Oops!! So you can probably do it better. LOL!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fresh Start

Wow, I have really let this blog go by the wayside. I have let Facebook picture posting take it's place but I much prefer the story telling that happens on my blog. Soooooo.......what am I going to do about that. Well, I guess this is my chance to start fresh. Lots of new things are happening this year. This is my first year homeschooling the kiddos. Preschool has been challenging, amazing and more rewarding than I ever thought possible. It has really revealed our families strengths and weaknesses (I really enjoy the relaxed learning and the freedom to stop and play out the stories, Jacob has an amazing ear for detail and can answer any question you ask about something we read, Eric always has the right answer and it is ALWAYS Why-lie (his word for Lightning McQueen from Cars) and Troy continues to expand our vocabularies at the dinner table (very interesting to hear him explain politics to a 4 year old). Most of all it has really inspired us all to rediscover our love of learning (and playing). I have also rediscovered my love of quilting and sewing. I have tried to reignite my love of scrapbooking but I'm not sure it's working. So here I go. Let's see what lands on these pages from my busy life.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Smile for the Camera

The boy's did a great job getting their pictures taken. I was so proud of them!! Hope you enjoy!